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Our annual ranking of Asia's 100 richest families

Thanks to their higher tolerance for risk, Asia's wealthiest paid themselves a record $8.6 billion in dividends last year, according to FinanceAsia's September cover story.

Retirement is a dirty word for many of Asia's tycoons. Rather than taking time out to spend their hard-earned cash, the region's ultra-rich are still hard at work earning more.

In Asia, in many instances, the patriarch or creator of the wealth is still alive and still driving decision-making, said Joe Field, a New York-based senior international partner at law firm Withers, which specialises in advice for high-net-worth individuals.

Indeed, almost half of the founders on our list of the top 100 richest people in Asia based on dividend payouts are still actively involved in the companies they built. Field attributed this to the fact that wealth in Asia is a more recent phenomenon compared...

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